Saturday, June 25, 2011

Roots Roadhouse 2: An American Roots Mini-Fest in Los Angeles Aug. 14

Roots Roadhouse 2:
 An American Roots Music Festival served with a twist!
Sunday, August 14th 2011

Roots Roadhouse 2 is the all day-into-night festival celebrating Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Blues and Old Time Music. The artists on Roots Roadhouse take the tradition, or root of these genres of music and twist and bend just enough to call them their own, but still stay true to the classic form. It is curated by The Echo, Grand Ole Echo and The New Los Angeles Folk Festival and will be an all-ages event.
The mini-festival takes place in both The Echo and Echoplex and includes The Grand Ole Echo’s practice of a “back porch” or outdoor stage for more acoustic/bluegrass and old-time music artists.  Last year the outdoor stage erupted into an afternoon of foot-stomping, hand-clapping and impromptu square dancing.  As noted in the LA Observer’s Chicken Corner, “I took (my daughter) to an all-ages, country rock, urban-country-rockabilly-cowpunk extravaganza called Roots Roadhouse…what a treat that was!  Not to mention the graceful confectionary fusion of cultural…stuff, both intentional and not.”
In addition to the music, Roots Roadhouse will feature The Bicycle Kitchen (a local non-profit bicycle repair shop) along with vendors selling vintage clothing , jewelry, and collectible Americana objects, games of Bingo with prizes, BBQ trucks, and Alternative arts & crafts led by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario.  There will be a full bar in side and Belgium/Fat Tire Beer will be the official sponsor of the event.  Last year’s photo exhibit went over so well, that music photos will again be gracing the walls of the Echoplex.
Alt-Country Darlings, The Sadies,  will be a featured touring act, along with Americana artist, Eilen Jewell, Jesse Sykes and Phil Wandscher (Whiskeytown),  Bloodshot artists, Whitey Morgan & the 78’s, “Rodeo” resounder, Dawn Landes ( &The Hounds) and  the Lone Star state’s premier singer-songwriter, Brennen Leigh. Added bonus--former LA honky-tonk hero, Mike Stinson will be coming in from his new hometown of Houston, TX.
Local acts that you won’t want to miss will include Rockabilly artsists, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, country-rockers, Jackshit (The super group of musicians, Val McCallum, Davey Farragher & Pete Thomas),  the punk bluegrass sound of Old Man Markley, the lo-fi crazy stompin’ blues of Restavrant, and former cowpunker (X) turned guitar-hero,Tony Gilkyson.
Rounding it out on the folk-side of country will be The Broken Numbers Band, Olentangy John, Eastside Hayride, The Driftwood Singers and the folk music rooted in tradition of David Serby & The Dirt Poor Folklore.  
Tickets for the event are available now on the Echo’s website and through Ticketweb.  
The cost are  $15 and $17 Day of show.  (details below)

Roots Roadhouse 2
Sunday, August 14th, 2011
Enter through the Echoplex parking lot
1154 Glendale Blvd.  Los Angeles, CA 90026
Doors 3pm / All ages
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